Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford
Nick's dad ran De Simon Auto Body in Jersey City, and Nick worked for his dad in the shop. In 2015, Nick's brother-in-law, John Zotynia, told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that Nick was a fabulous body man and fabricator, and that he always had a customized car. A construction photo of the coupe, taken in the mid 1950s, shows it with a chopped top and a deeply channeled body. When the photo was taken, the car had no engine or front sheet metal, so the ass was down on the ground. When the engine and front came back on, the rear of the car was raised a little, but it was still very low. The car was built at De Simon Auto Body, during weekends, nights, and in Nick's spare time. It was completed around 1957, featuring a bigger rear window. The deck lid was welded shut and molded-in, and it ran fenderskirts in the rear. It was nosed, decked, and shaved for door handles. The original headlights were kept, while the original taillights were welded shut and replaced with 1955 Imperial taillights that Nick mounted on the welded shut deck.
Custom Mixed Paint
Inside, Nick installed a narrowed 1951 Ford dash. He mixed the paint for it himself, and it was painted at his dad's shop. John remembers that the car looked dark blue at night and eggplant-purple during the day. "A beautiful color." Nick kept the original driveline, and it was powered by a flathead V8. It was dressed up with whitewall tires and full Moon Discs, a front nerf bar bumper, shortened side trim, and short lake pipes that ran along the rear fenders.
Sold and Junked
The car was sold locally in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Nick never came around to do the interior, so it was rather rough inside when he sold it. As so many other East Coast customs, Nick's coupe ended its life at the junker. The car was mostly driven around town, and John recalled that Nick didn't bother to take it to shows.
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